From 05.02.2022 to 24.04.2022
Musée des beaux-arts, Le Locle [map]

From 5 February (opening on 4 February at 6 pm) to 24 April 2022 at the Musée des beaux-arts in Le Locle, ECAL presents the exhibition "Smells Like Queer Spirit" created in collaboration with Jean Paul Gaultier by third-year Bachelor Photography students, under the direction of Florence Tétier and Nicolas Coulomb (Novembre magazine).

Namsa Leuba and Erwan Frotin, two graduates of the Bachelor Photography programme at ECAL, will also be honoured with two monographic exhibitions.

In the 1980s Jean Paul Gaultier overturned dress codes and showed the porous boundary between masculine and feminine. The fashion designer playfully reversed roles, overturned gender and designed silhouettes that combined masculine sensitivity with feminine power. When they were launched, the brand’s perfume bottles also broke with the androgynous fashion of the 1990s. Now iconic, these served as the starting point for photographic exploration by students of the Bachelor in Photography at ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne. For this research project directed by Florence Tétier and Nicolas Coulomb – under the watchful eye of Claude Emmanuelle Gajan-Maull, consultant LGBTQIA+ – the photography class questioned the human body and its representations. The images created in 2021 by the 12 students relate to themes of pride and tolerance. These works show that commitment to a more inclusive society also relies on images.

A publication, co-edited by ECAL x Jean Paul Gaultier x Novembre and designed by Baptiste Gerbelot Barillon & Jean Marques, is also being published to coincide with this exhibition.

Dominique Bartels
Julie Corday
Diego Fellmann
Florian Hilt
Samara Krähenbühl
Angèle Marignac-Serra
Lisa Mazenauer
Marvin Merkel
Inès Mermoud
Basil Pérot
Yolane Rais
Camille Spiller

Matthieu Croizier
Antoine Martin
Yul Tomatala

Friday 4 February at 6pm

5 February to 24 April 2022

Mon-Sun, 11am-5pm

First Sunday of the month free


Rue Marie-Anne-Calame 6, 2400 Le Locle


Repro: ECAL/Camille Spiller & Basil Pérot & Angèle_Marignac-Serra

Repro: ECAL/Camille Spiller & Basil Pérot & Angèle_Marignac-Serra

Repro: ECAL/Camille Spiller & Basil Pérot & Angèle_Marignac-Serra

Repro: ECAL/Florian Hilt & Marvin Merkel

ECAL/Dominique Bartels & Lisa Mazenauer

ECAL/Yolane Rais & Julie Corday

ECAL/Florian Hilt & Basil Pérot

ECAL/Samara Krähenbül & Diego Fellmann

ECAL/Angèle Marignac-Serra & Camille Spiller